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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Zapatistas Más allá de la compartición (Beyond the Exchange) Espanol

Zapatistas Subcomandante Moises

Beyond Sharing

Subcomandante Moises speaks on sharing -- outside the arena of politicians, exploiters and capitalism. The upcoming time of global sharing is on Dec 22, 2014 -- Jan. 3, 2015


Editorial 3. Más allá de la compartición

Más allá de la compartición
La compartición es algo más allá.
Compañeras y compañeros de la Sexta de México y del mundo.
Para nosotras y nosotros la compartición fue un darnos las manos, un vernos de cómo estamos y qué pensamos.
Un conocernos las y los que somos de abajo y originarios de estas tierras.
No representantes, no líderes, nosotras y nosotros de las bases de los pueblos, naciones y tribus, las y los que no habíamos tenido la oportunidad de darnos las manos y conocernos y tocarnos nuestros corazones desde hace más de 520 años.
En La Realidad, Caracol de los zapatistas, se hizo realidad nuestra convivencia de indígenas originarios, se hizo realidad lo de cruzar las palabras de unos y otros, de unas y otras
Cuando hablamos nosotras y nosotros y no líderes, nos entendemos las bases, nos comprendemos, nos sentimos en lo común.
Y no es otra cosa lo que nos hace que nos entendemos tan pronto, es por la vida en que nos está pasando, de la vida tan mala que vivimos, ya no solamente nosotras y nosotros estamos ya así, sino también los hombres ciudadanos pobres y las mujeres ciudadanas pobres.
Nos platicamos cómo nos tienen el capitalismo y por qué así nos tienen, y qué es lo que va a pasar de nosotras y nosotros, si vamos a seguir estando como nos tienen los capitalistas.

Livestream Indigenous Women defending our Climate

NOW! Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, New York time 5 pm (2 pm Pacific time)

This event features activists Shelley A. YoungKandi MossetElle Maija Tailfeathers, and Ellen Gabriel who will discuss high-profile media campaigns by indigenous groups in Canada and the United States that protest the oil and fracking industries and the ongoing governmental violations of Tribal sovereignty and treaty rights. 


Co-organized by the School of Media Studies and Idle No More in collaboration withFrack Action, a leading New York-based organization working for a statewide ban on fracking as a part of Climate Action Week at The New School.

Participants will include:

Ellen Gabriel (Mohawk) Human rights activist from Kanehsatà:ke, Ellen has spent years fighting for Indigenous rights well-known to the public when she was chosen by the People of the Longhouse and her community of Kanehsatà:ke to be their spokesperson during the 1990 “Oka” Crisis; to protect the Pines from the expansion of a 9 hole golf course in “Oka” and the removal of Kanien’kehá:ka ancestors from their burial ground.  She is now a leading voice in fighting the Energy East and Line 9 tar sands pipelines. Kanehsatà:ke territory is right in the path of the proposed Enbridge #Line9 and Trans-Canada Energy East tar sands pipelines and Ellen has emerged as a key voice in the fight to stop tar sands expansion through organizing in solidarity with First Nations in Alberta and the 185 First Nations in the right of way of the controversial project.

Shelley A. Young is a Mi'kmaq leader from Eskasoni First Nation who engaged in a high-profile hunger strike to push Indian Act leadership in Mi'kma'ki to stop negotiating the Treaties with the provincial and federal government by stepping away from tripartite/self-government agreements and to bring awareness that they have been doing so, for the past 10 years, without any consultation with our communities. Shelley has been heavily involved in Elsipogtog and been on the front lines of the anti-fracking fight since the beginning, organizing numerous campaigns, sitting on panels, and conducting workshops at nearly every major university in the East Cfoast, along with high schools, to bring water protection and Aboriginal Rights awareness. Shelley also raised over $20,000 to help the Elsipogtog warriors legal costs and protest camp site.

Elle-Maija Tailfeathers is a Blood and Saami organizer and member of the Blood Indian Tribe in Southern Alberta, Canada. She was part of an Indigenous women-led action to stop two thirds of their lands from being leased to Murphy Oil for fracking, including the drilling of the deepest frack (2.1 km deep) in the history of the sector. She and four other women were arrested and detained for intimidation because of their peaceful non-violent action.

Kandi Mossett (Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara) Native Energy & Climate Campaign Organizer was born in North Dakota and grew up in an area known today as the Fort Berthold Reservation. She obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of North Dakota (UND) in Natural Resource and Park Management. After working in the Park Service for 3 years she went on to earn a Masters of Environmental Management within UND’s Earth Systems Science and Policy Program. She began working for the Indigenous Environmental Network as the Tribal Campus Climate Challenge (TCCC) Organizer in February 2007, engaging over 30 tribal colleges and working on projects ranging from initiating recycling programs and community tree plantings to small-scale community solar panel installations and community gardens. Her work has since expanded to the international arena, within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, in an effort to create more awareness about international decision-making and its effect at the local level. Kandi continues to work primarily at the grassroots level bridging generational gaps in tribal communities while connecting the local to the national and the national to the international in an effort to raise aware- ness about sustainability and continue the fight towards just climate and energy solutions. Her current focus is on creating awareness about the environmentally and socially devastating effects of hydraulic fracturing due to severely limited regulations and protections, particularly on Tribal lands.

Banner Image:  Artwork: Fanny Aishaa, Portrait of Amanda Polshies, Original Photograph credit: Ossie Michelin (APTN)


September 20, 2014 at 5pm - 7pm


The Auditorium at Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall
66 W 12th St
New York, NY 10011
United States
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Klabona Keepers Blockade at Sacred Headwaters

Photos from the hunting blockade at the Ealue Lake Road, entrance to the Sacred Headwaters. Photo by Eliza Muirhead
From Klabona Keepers
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BRITISH COLUMBIA, Unceded Tahltan Territory - September 18, 2014
The Wildlife Defence League (WDL) has been invited by the Klabona Keepers to blockade the only road providing access to the Sacred Headwaters. This area is home to numerous species of wildlife, including moose, grizzly bear, black bear, and stone sheep. In recent years these animals have been exploited by resident hunters, mainly for trophy. Moose populations have been most effected, due to no bag-limits that have precipitated a massive decline in the species. Consequently, the Klabona Keepers and the WDL are firm in their conviction that protecting wildlife and safeguarding habitat in the Sacred Headwaters from exploitation is a pressing priority. The Klabona Keepers with the support of the Wildlife Defence League, intend to blockade the entrance to the Sacred Headwaters from non-Indigenous and resident trophy hunters. Tahltan hunters will not be blockaded, as the Wildlife Defence League supports their right to live off the land as they have done for thousands of years.
Wildlife Defence League member Tommy Knowles stated, “It’s taken us 3 days to drive through what feels like the most wild place on earth. We’ve seen Grizzly Bears, Black Bears and Moose living out their natural lives in this unique habitat. It’s disheartening to arrive in the Sacred Headwaters today knowing that this land is a trophy hunters paradise, but it feels amazing to be standing in solidarity with the Klabona Keepers to put an end to this exploitation.”
Not only are the wildlife and the community that is dependant on them being exploited, but so is the land. This past week, RCMP surrounded a group of unarmed, peaceful members of the Klabona Keepers. The group was occupying a drill site on the mountain behind this blockade because the company was drilling without consultation or consent. The Klabona Keepers had simply requested that the company (Firesteel) meet with the elders prior to releasing the drill. However, in a show of disrespect, Firesteel and the government disregarded that request and arrived by helicopter to remove the drill. They came unannounced and heavily armed. Thereafter, the RCMP prohibited members of the Klabona Keepers from communicating via radio to anyone outside the blockade, cutting the only means of communication they had with the elders and their family in Iskut, to assure them of their safety. They were threatened with arrest if they attempted to use their radios.
The situation unfolding in the Sacred Headwaters is illustrative of the interconnections between these issues; the corporate and political exploitation of the land, resources and animals of this territory and the communities that rely on them. The Klabona Keepers, with support from the Wildlife Defence League, are asserting their lawful authority to defend their territories and both organizations hope that the hunting blockade will raise awareness about the devastating impacts of trophy hunting and will draw attention to corporate and political exploitation of the Sacred Headwaters.
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LISTEN First Voices Indigenous Radio


Thursdays 9:00am-10:00am
Hosted by: John Kane (Interim Host), Liz Hill (Producer)

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First Voices Indigenous Radio was the first Indigenous radio program in the northeastern U.S., has been airing on WBAI for 11 years. With more than 1 million online hits annually, the program has become known for bringing to the airwaves the experiences, perspectives and struggles of Indigenous peoples worldwide whose exclusion from mainstream, progressive and alternative media is deleterious to the whole of humanity.
The show's Host is John Kane, Mohawk. Founding Host and Executive Producer is Tiokasin Ghosthorse, Lakota. Past shows are available at
FVIR has been re-broadcasted on 45 stations in 15 states in the the U.S. and one Canadian province, including: Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, Northwest Territories, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Vermont, and Washington.
John Karhiio Kane is a national commentator on Native issues. He hosts two weekly radio shows,  "Let's Talk Native...with John Kane," on ESPN Sports Radio WWKB-AM 1520 in Buffalo, New York and “First Voices Indigenous Radio” on WBAI-FM 99.5 in New York City.
Kane appears frequently on TV and radio and is a columnist for “The Two Row Times.” His columns are regularly posted in “Censored News” and the Native Nations Institute’s Indigenous Governance Database at the University of Arizona. John publishes the Native Pride blog, has a page on the ESPN website  ( and a very active "Let's Talk Native...with John Kane" Facebook group page.
John was honored earlier this year with a Community Leader Media Award from the National Federation for Just Communities of Western New York. He is a member of the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA).
Photocredit: Stephanie Kane

'Water Ceremony' New York photos by Roberto Nutlouis


Photos by Roberto Nutlouis, Dine' from Pinon, Arizona

Gearing up for the Peoples Climate March, and World Conference of Indigenous Peoples in New York: Navajos join other Indigenous Peoples for Water Ceremony 
Ya'at'eeh (Greetings) My name is Roberto Nutlouis. I am a Dineh (Navajo)
from the community of Pinon AZ. My clans are Bitter Water, born for Big Water. 
Roberto Nutlouis

"Awesome way to be welcomed to NYC. Celebrating/ honoring life Indigenous way - Gift and Water Ceremony." 

'Four Day of Action to Protect our Home, the Salish Sea'

Compassion Games International - Protect the Sacred

Our Dear Friends and Beloved Relatives,
This weekend marks the momentous beginning to the 4 Days of Action to Protect the Salish Sea. This explosive expansion of human consciousness in the heart of the Pacific Northwest is about to change everything. Together we are the living representation of Nawtsamaat, “One House. One Heart. One Prayer. United in Power to Protect the Sacred.” The spirit of its making lives within us each, and is brought to this world when we are bound together by the love we have for our home - this precious land and water - and our love and compassion for all beings who have called it home from time immemorial. A sleeping spiritual giant has been awakened. We protect what we love.

And truly, we could not be more honored to stand with such remarkable people, friends and allies.
Here is the major Action Lineup for this weekend. Keep in mind that there are many events happening during the 4 Days of Action. The following are some of the largest cross-community events happening in the Salish Sea region:

Saturday - September 20th
1. International Rally to Protect the Salish Sea - “Climate Change Knows No Borders: The Defense of the Salish Sea is Without Boundaries”

Description: On September 20th, as world leaders gather for the UN Climate Summit in New York, Canadians and Americans, First Nations and Native American tribes, and all the diverse communities of the Salish Sea will gather at Peace Arch Park to send a unified and clear message to world leaders, as well as to our own local elected officials: it is time for unprecedented action to defend the Salish Sea and our global climate from fossil fuel development.
We will reach out across the border, literally taking each other’s hands; share our struggles and aspirations for a livable planet; and pledge to take unified action to protect the climate and the ecosystems, economies, communities and cultures that cohabit the Salish Sea bioregion.
Join us to stand together with people from across the border and around the world to demand a rapid, dramatic and equitable transition to a clean energy future.
RSVP at the Facebook event here:
There are busses leaving Seattle with a recommended donation of up to $15. There are also carpooling options. Busses leave at 10:15am, for more information, go here:
Sunday - September 21st
2. People’s Climate March - Westlake, Seattle @ 1pm
Description: Join us for a rally and march on September 21 in solidarity with the People's Climate March in NYC  (where hundreds of thousands of people will be gathering in solidarity) calling on the U.N. Climate Summit to take urgent and serious action to stop climate change.
Every day a new report highlights the imminent disaster posed by the climate crisis and continued reliance on fossil fuels.
We call for a massive expansion of clean energy that would create green union jobs, as a solution to both the environmental and economic crises.
We can't solely rely on elected officials. We must build a powerful grassroots movement that demands a rapid transition away from fossil fuels.
The Puget Sound, a region with high fossil fuel pollution, has four of the state’s five highest cancer rate counties – Whatcom, Pierce, Snohomish and Skagit. Rather than curbing pollution, our communities face a number of new fossil fuel projects that threaten the lives of people and the environment - explosive oil trains, coal trains, and the construction of coal export terminals.
The false dichotomy between jobs and the environment must be rejected. Let's stand together – environmentalists, native tribes, and labor to demand investment in renewable energy not fossil fuels. We need to create and expand work that promotes healthy communities and protects the environment for future generations. We need jobs that pay living wages and allow families to live with dignity. We need to fight to ensure there is a just transition for those workers whose jobs are replaced by a new energy economy.
RSVP and find more information here:
3. Historic Treaty Signing Ceremony at Tsleil-Waututh Nation for the International Treaty to Protect the Sacredness of the Salish Sea
Description: On Sunday September 21st, join us at Tsleil-Waututh Nation in British Columbia for a Salmon Dinner, West Coast Drum and Dance, and speakers reporting on the the work it has taken to create the International Treaty to Protect the Sacredness of the Salish Sea. The Treaty reflects Indigenous laws that have been in place to protect the land and waters of the Salish Sea region since time immemorial. You won’t want to miss this historic occasion.
Date/Time/Place: Sunday, September 21st, 6-9pm @ Tsleil-Waututh Nation Community Centre.
Address: 3010 Sleil Waututh Rd | North Vancouver, BC V7H 3A8 | Canada
RSVP and learn more here. No one will be turned away, but a donation is recommended!:
Lastly, you are also invited to make the Symbol of Unity for the Nawtsamaat Alliance your profile picture on Facebook. Mention in the description why you love this place and want to see it protected, and why you are proud to be a part of the Alliance!

If you have any overall questions, send an email to

Thank you, an infinite times over, for all that you do.

In Unprecedented, Unified Action,
Joey Crotty with
Hereditary Chief Phil Lane Jr.
Sweetwater Nannauck
Sundance Chief Rueben George
Jon Ramer

Joey Crotty

Lakotas Owe Aku: 'Uranium investors got the blues again'

FORUM: Powertech Uranium investors got the blues again, mama

Owe Aku is a grassroots organization of Lakota people and our allies founded to promote the protection of sacred water and preservation of our territorial lands.  Our actions for environmental justice rely upon cultural revitalization as our major tool in achieving our goals.  The principle location from which are operations are based are on Lakota territory along Wounded Knee Creek on what is called the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation .  More information on our work can be found
This was shared with us from an ally and is further evidence of how the convergence of circumstances, including our own grass roots action, along with that of the allies, is slowly killing this project, we pray.  In some ways it's one of the grass roots peoples' biggest victories so far.  Uranium mining in Lakota country is becoming more and more unrealistic because of both financial factors on market driven capitalism as well as, and more importantly, the activism of Lakota and other peoples. Local action is particularly important because many enviro groups are either consciously or unconsciously not taking on uranium mining.  That's wrong.  Fukushima will come to a power plant near you and it all starts with uranium mining.  

Powertech Uranium Can't Get Its Financial Act Together

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

    Powertech Uranium is the company that has been trying to set up a uranium mining operation in the southern Black Hills for a few years.  That the company has met with some ferocious resistance in the region is well-documented, both hereand elsewhereThat the company has been suffering financially as a result of the long delays in Powertech's efforts to get the necessary state and federal permits is a sidebar of particular interest.   This isn't about the science of in situ mining (which amounts to using groundwater as the source for extracting uranium and forever altering the composition of that water as a result), this is about the company's ability remain financially viable as the expenses and delays involved in the permitting process mount up. 
     There's been an eye-catching jump in Powertech stock's trading volume in recent days, even as the stock price has been hitting all-time lows of 5 cents/share.  High volume and a plummeting stock price don't augur very well for a publicly traded (PWE.TO) company, especially one like Powertech that languishes in the nether world of penny stocks, a market where speculation, rumor and hype are often the drivers of share prices.  Just from the price and volume action in PWE stock it seems obvious that something with this company is out of whack.  Then suddenly last Friday along came confirmation.  In a news release dated 9/17, Powertech announced that another delay in its long-planned merger with Azarga resources is occurring.  Azarga is the deep-pocketed, Asian-based company that essentially planned to take over Powertech, effective last July.  That union was later pushed back to this month, and now the deal isn't supposed to take place until late October.
    Checking a little more deeply into the latest news, I got some tangible support for my opinion of this company's weak financial condition.  Powertech is on the ropes.  In fact, I think the company is essentially broke, a conclusion that comes clear if you scan the news release I linked.  Powertech is now borrowing cash from Azarga, probably in order to maintain its meager operations, in 6-figure units that have to be repaid at usurious rates before the merger occurs.  I mean, if you have to borrow money and pay it back, plus 15% to 30%, in less than two years, I can tell you that you're cash-strapped to the point of desperation.
     Analyzing this last bit of news, I'd also say that further delays in the merger are forthcoming, considering that Azarga's lending timelines stretch out over the next few months. There's some wiggle room around the planned merger completion date of 10/31/14 Something is seriously amiss.  Given the dump-it-now action in Powertech stock, given that Azarga is essentially lending money to its weak sister in order to keep the company afloat, given the continued delays in the permitting process, and given the shaky nature of the various entities (including--
here's the story about the troubled Singapore-based Blumont Mining) involved in the coming merger, I'd have to conclude that something is not right in the house of Powertech.  As I noted in an earlier post, there's a whole lotta shakiness goin' on. 

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'Harmony with Nature' Living Well, UN Secretary General report

Harmony with Nature
Report of the UN Secretary General 
 Shared by our friends in Bolivia, Boletin Ruta Critica

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